September 24, 2011 |
Question: What is the future for my Illinois Tool Works Inc. shares? Answer: This diversified manufacturer that operates in 57 countries is a master of acquisitions and practices conservative accounting methods. It includes scores of decentralized businesses that make specialized types of fasteners, components, equipment and other products. Always on the lookout for new businesses, it recently acquired Despatch Industries, which provides thermal processing equipment for solar and carbon fiber technology.
December 21, 1990 |
If you own stocks, you're probably glad 1990 is almost over. It was a tough year to make money, even before Saddam Hussein helped bring on a full-fledged bear market. But people did score some big hits in the market this year--perhaps even a surprising number, given that broad market indexes will finish 1990 with losses ranging from 5% to 15%. Despite the year's roller coaster, good companies that managed solid earnings growth generally saw their stocks advance.
May 2, 2008 |
For at least a day, the financial markets seemed to take a perfect cue Thursday from the Federal Reserve. Oil and other commodity prices fell. The dollar strengthened. Earnings news was generally positive. And investors, liking what they saw, drove stock prices up sharply.
December 28, 2002 |
Geopolitical jitters sent stocks reeling Friday as the market closed out another losing week en route to its third straight down year. Investors shifted money into Treasury securities and gold as a rebel bombing in Chechnya left more than 40 people dead, adding to growing nervousness over the U.S. standoffs with both Iraq and North Korea. At the same time, the dollar continued its recent swoon as war worries soured investors on the greenback.
June 6, 1995 |
Stocks surged to record highs Monday on the back of IBM's surprise $3.3-billion takeover bid for software firm Lotus Development Corp. Analysts said Wall Street was also hoping that the Federal Reserve Board will cut interest rates to keep the economy from slipping into recession. At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 32.16 points at 4,476.55, beating the old record of 4,472.75 reached last Thursday. Several broader market indicators closed at new highs Monday.
December 7, 1995 |
U.S. stocks rose to records for a third day Wednesday as investors grew more confident that corporate profits will expand next year as interest rates fall. Shares of banks and other financial companies led the advance. Expectations that the Federal Reserve Board will trim interest rates this month fueled optimism that the year-old rally in stocks still has room to grow.
November 6, 1993 |
Market Overview * Fresh signs of economic growth in the October employment report pushed long-term bond yields up for the sixth consecutive trading day Friday, extending a three-week selloff. * U.S. stocks, battered by two days of heavy selling, closed mixed as bargain hunters entered the market. Overseas, most foreign markets suffered deep declines. * Gold soared to a three-month high, gaining from the turmoil in stocks and bonds.
May 9, 2008 |
Wall Street closed a quiet session with a moderate advance Thursday, with energy and other commodities companies leading the market as oil prices extended their record-breaking run. The price of crude oil swept past $124 a barrel in late New York Mercantile Exchange trading, while gasoline rose to a new record of its own at the pump, climbing to a national average of nearly $3.65 a gallon. Though the rising price of oil ignited concerns about inflation Wednesday, knocking the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points, stocks held on to their gains even as oil rose Thursday.
March 13, 2008 |
Wall Street's euphoria over the Federal Reserve's latest move to cure the credit crunch turned to caution Wednesday, leading stocks to retreat a day after their biggest rally in more than five years. The Fed's plan announced Tuesday to lend $200 billion in Treasury securities -- and accept mortgage-backed securities as collateral -- was greeted by the stock market as an innovative way to bring relief to the tight credit markets. But investors were hesitant Wednesday to pour more money into stocks without signs that the central bank's move would help turn around the economy.